Merry Meet my friends! It’s a gorgeous Saturn day here in Ohio! We’ve had a few beautiful days of cooler weather….50’s at night and 70’s during the day. This whole Summer has been fairly mild. Sure, we’ve had a few days that hit 90* or near it, but we’ve had good breezes and enough rain and though Summer isn’t my favorite Season, I’ve enjoyed it.
I hope that you all had a wonderful Litha/Summer Solstice. I know I did. I was busy that day as we were leaving for the Smoky Mountains the next day, but I harvested my first harvest of herbs, worked in the gardens a bit, and had a simple Summer feast. I made offerings to the Fae, and welcomed the Sun on the longest day of the year! It was a beautiful Sabbat.
The next morning, my hubby, daughter Sara and our friend Shawna, left for the Smoky Mountains. My daughter Kate, her hubby and my 3 grandbabies left at the same time as we were all vacationing together. I booked a couple of wonderful cabins at our favorite resort area. The weather was HOT, the traffic was terrible, and it rained every day….but it was a wonderful trip!! LOL. Anytime I can be with my family, in the mountains that call to my Soul…..I’m a happy Witch!. Ah the mountains. They call to me and I never tire of seeing them, of being in them, and seeing how Mother changes the mountains with Her Seasons. We even had the pleasure of seeing a momma bear and her very small cub learning to climb a tree 🙂 We ate well, spent some time by the pool and relaxed in our cabins while it was raining when it did. We made some memories for the kids 🙂
“Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.”
Now, Summer! Everything here is still green and lush. Gardens are blooming at full bloom, birds sing and critters scamper, the 4th of July was celebrated yesterday. Fireflies, butterflies, and bees are busy. I have so many fond memories of Summer when I was a kid. The adage….lazy, hazy, crazy days of Summer..was true then. I spent a lot of time playing with my friends in the neighborhood. Kickball games, tether ball, riding our bikes or roller skating, going on hikes in the woods near our homes, fishing at Old River (not allowed but we did it anyway). We only went home to eat or use the bathroom. In the evening, the parents would come out to their porches, talk together and keep an eye on us….and we got a holler when it was time to come home…or we came home at dusk like good children. There were day trips to visit parks, fairs, drive-in movies, picnics etc. Summer was truly a wonderful, memorable time.
Every Summer I spent a week with my grandma and grandpa who had 10 acres of apple trees, gardens, hammocks and endless fun. I loved helping my grandmother snap beans and shell peas. I helped her bring in good things from her gardens, washed them, canned them, sliced them…whatever help I could be. I give my grandmother full credit for my love of gardening and cooking. I learned at her side. There was time spent on hammocks with library books that she made sure I had an abundance of… by taking me to the library herself. There were 7 course meals..even for breakfast..mostly things from her garden. Early to bed and early to rise at her house. I still can conjure up in my mind, the amazing scents coming from her kitchen early in the morning, windows open to let in any breeze that came, mourning doves cooing and my sense of contentment when I was there at her home. I eagerly jumped out of bed to be with her…usually standing in her kitchen in housedress and apron, stirring something amazing on the stove 🙂 It was pure magick!
I did my best to make those amazing kind of memories for my own daughters, and now I have the extreme pleasure of trying to do the same things for my own grandkids. I want them to have those memories of the lazy days of Summer. To know that Life can slow down in the Summer. Kids these days seem to constantly need to be doing something…they enroll in every sport, go to camps, take lessons, need trips to malls and movies, play dates, etc etc. There isn’t anything wrong with that..don’t get me wrong…but I think kids need to know how to entertain themselves, to slow down and be lazy, use their imagination…just BE! Get your kids close to Mother Earth…let them dig in the dirt..gardening or making mud pies. Lay blankets out on the ground and watch clouds drift by, or count stars at night under the Moon. Take them to the library and encourage their reading over the Summer. Plan simple picnics, outdoor day trips and if you have a drive-in theater near you! Go! Sprinklers, jars for fireflies or bugs, popsicles and s’mores, long walks in the woods, fishing….find things to do that don’t cost anything….teach them to find the simple pleasures of Summer. They’ll thank you for it later!
“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the blue sky, is by no means waste of time.”
~John Lubbock, “Recreation,” The Use of Life, 1894
I hope that you all have an amazing July! August 1 is Lughnassadh already!! The first Harvest Sabbat. The Wheel is turning fast! Make the most of every day of Summer!! Oh and for a couple of delicious adult Summertime drinks, be sure to read the Sunday Stew tomorrow for my recipes using mint from your garden. Just click on the Cauldron link on the right here tomorrow morning 🙂 Can I just say yummy!! Cool and refreshing drinks! I’ll be back soon to talk about Lughnassadh! Have a great weekend! Now I’m going to go hang clothes out on the line like my grandma did 🙂
Love and Blessings, Autumn
*Pics are my own!